No more throwing out spoiled food! Here’s how to keep good groceries from going bad so you can enjoy them longer and fresher.
Keep Good Groceries from Going Bad
Buying organic or not, produce goes bad quickly, so why not stop that by storing them properly. This information was first seen on ABC News.
Unless you plan to use up the groceries you just bought, properly storing them away will keep your groceries from going bad and staying fresh longer. Here’s how.
How to keep groceries from going bad:
- Whole-grain bread – Always refrigerate. If you’re not going to use it within a few days, freeze the loaf still in its bag.
- Fresh berries – Keep in the fridge and don’t wash until you’re ready to use them. Remove damaged berries because that hastens spoilage. If we buy berries in bulk – they go in the freezer.
- Fresh herbs (parsley, basil, cilantro, dill, tarragon) Don’t wash them. Toss any that are yellowing and damaged. Slice stems on a slight bias as you would roses; stand them in a jar filled with 3/4 cool water. Put a plastic bag loosely over the herbs and store in the fridge. Most will last ten days (basil will stay fresh 3 to 5 days).
- Tomatoes – Ripe ones should keep their peak flavor for two the three days if kept at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and with the stems facing up. Store unripe ones in a paper bag in a cool spot for up to five days.
Never refrigerate these vegetables:
- Potatoes. Their starch turns to sugar; they should be kept separately in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.
- Tomatoes. I did not know this, did you? Be sure to keep them out of direct sunlight.
Refrigerate these vegetables briefly (try to eat within a few days):
Refrigerate these fruits after fully ripened:
To store your vegetables and fruits in the refrigerator, consider reliable reusable bags, instead of plastic bags – it’s better for the planet!
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